Communities of Practice

Rural PREP expands an already-developing scholarly community of practice in rural health professions education, research, and primary care training and delivery that is evidence-based, community-engaged, and practice-informed. A community of practice is an informal or organized learning community or virtual space in which members:

  • Demonstrate mutual engagement
  • Participate in a continually renegotiated common endeavor or joint enterprise
  • Use a shared repertoire of communal resources (routines, sensibilities, artifacts, vocabulary, styles, etc.) that members have developed over time in arriving at solutions and making a significant impact1, 2

Specific strategies for growing our community of practice include:


Partnering Organizations

HRSA logo
RTT Collaborate logo
National Rural Health Association logo
3RNet Logo

Our current community of practice includes on-line attendees at our webinars, Rural PREP Grand Rounds site participants, microresearch recipients, research collaborators, partnering organizations and more.

Rural PREP Grand Rounds Site Participant
Webinar Participant
HRSA Academic Unit Grantees



For an Excel directory of programs that represents our potential community of practice in rural medical education, click here.


  1. Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: learning as a social system. The Systems Thinker, June/July 1998; 9(5):1-5. Retrieved December 29, 2017 from:
  2. Wenger, E. (2012). Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept. Retrieved December 29, 2017 from: